There was a rattle through the steering column at about 5000 miles and I took it to the dealer, they fixed it, but the rattle came back at about 10000 miles and then I had to have a new steering rack fitted. When they fitted this the car was pulling to one side so I had to take it back for the tracking doing. It is now rattling and pulling to one side again, but I can't be bothered taking it to the dealer as I don't believe they are capable of fixing it!!
I'm on my third set of brake pads in 16000 miles and now when the car is driven hard the brakes tend to smoke when you come to a stop. The dealer has fitted all 3 sets of brake pads free of charge which I thought was quite good as they didn't come under warranty.
There are a few annoying rattles coming from various different places.
Whilst sitting in traffic every instrument on the dash board went off apart from the brake light was on, the handbrake was off and the car was still running, this only lasted for about 5 seconds and has only happened once.
When starting on a cold morning, when I reverse it out of my drive there is a puff of blue smoke which comes from the exhaust so I think it's burning a bit of oil, it has been doing this since 5000 miles. It has now stopped doing it since the first service, but if it starts again I will be taking it to the dealer.
Pretty good performance for a 1.2 but has to be pushed to keep up with a Fiesta 1.25 Zetec and around corners has to be pushed to the limit (which can be scary) to keep up with a Fiesta.
Had 121mph down hill, but top speed of 112mph on the flat.
The brakes are not vented so if you have more than one person in the car and you push it the brakes will fade badly and the brake disc's will start glowing, I have lit cig's off of the brakes after hammering the car!!! Probably one reason why I've had 3 sets of brake pads!
Handling is a lot better than the old Corsa, but it still tends to under steer, especially in the wet and if you brake when cornering the back end can step out, all adds to the fun though!!!
The car has great looks and really nice interior, plenty of aluminum looking parts, like the gear knob and handbrake etc. make it look very sporty. I got the Irmscher twin tale pipe exhaust for £270 which is quite expensive, but makes the whole rear end of the car look a lot better.
Very good fuel economy, out of a £27 tank I will get over 300 miles.